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English definition of “authority”


noun [C/U]    /əˈθɔr·ɪ·t̬i, əˈθɑr-/
the power to control or demand obedience from others : [U] The police have no legal authority in these disputes . [U] We have to find someone in authority (= a position of power ). An authority is someone with official responsibility for a particular area of activity : [C] government / church authorities The authorities are the police or other government officials : No attacks were reported to the authorities. An authority on a subject is an expert on it: [C] an authority on immigration law
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